Have you ever wanted to work as a narrator? Are you an author and you are wondering how to get your book onto platforms like Audible?
Here are top tips and advice from an amazing narrator, today we are welcoming Heather Walker, known for her excellent work on the dark paranormal romance novels AWOKEN & ASCEND by Billie Jade Kermack, amongst others.
1. Do you pick projects with genres that you like to read?
Heather – Personally, I don’t mind working in any genre, however, I do have a preference towards fiction (especially fantasy or supernatural) as I grew up reading those genres.
2. Is there any genres/projects that you agree to narrate?
Heather – I don’t think I have any strong boundaries on genres or subject matter- however, if the project in question is encouraging behaviours which I consider harmful (e.g. homophobia, racist mindsets) then I would avoid it.
3. Do you read the novel you are set to narrate before you start?
Heather – I tend to skim little bits here and there for a general idea of the storyline. I often prefer going into books without too many preconceived notions (especially with fiction). I feel that the performance can come across more naturally if I, like the character, am experiencing situations for the first time.
4. What do you like most about your job?
Heather – . I’ve always loved reading, however recently haven’t been doing so much of it. Recording audiobooks means I can read while also not feeling as if I am wasting time spent on work. As a dramatic person, it helps me get out some of that dramatic energy through my performance!
5. Are you ever suprised by plot twists or content of the projects you work on?
Heather – I’ve definitely been surprised by content before! As I don’t read the plot lines ahead, I’m just as on edge as readers/listeners when something unexpected comes along and I love to theorise plot resolutions even as I work.
6. What advice would you give someone looking at a career as a narrator?
.Heather – I’d advise you to do it only if you really enjoy it- as you don’t generally know how much it’ll help you financially- however as a side project and general hobby it is really helpful.
I’d also suggest trying to get your head around all the production and editing details before starting proper recordings, as it has a bit of a learning curve to it. I’m still finding new little adjustments to work on as I go!